Violence that Took Place in the Twentieth Century

905 WordsFeb 22, 20184 Pages
In the twentieth century humanity experienced violence on a wider scale than ever before. This violence took the name of war, revolution, genocide, as well as various other attempts to provide an explanation for the amount of human sacrifice and loss. Through these events billions of people came face to face with experiences that challenged their concept of humanity. Humanity is a seemingly well founded idea that humans were innately separate from beasts and animals; this idea is required by a central technology to the human experience, civilization. In the twentieth century the world realized how thinly veiled the mask of civilization was through their experience with World War 1, embraced its newly discovered savage nature with radical political ideologies, and through much struggle grew from the kill-or-be-killed mentality. For the majority of the twentieth century Europe had experienced domestic peace and throughout this time many became unaccustomed with war. When tensions came to boiling point in England the country made the decision that it was necessary to go to war. A scholar writes “I spent the evening walking around the streets specifically in the neighborhood of Trafalgar Square, noticing cheering crowds… average men and women were delighted at the prospect of war.” So at least in England they were seemingly ready for war and encouraged their government to pursue its interests no matter the cost. This sentiment is similarly expressed in other European nations
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